Caring For Dental Implants
Sun City West, AZ
A good set of teeth makes you smile a little wider and brighter. Unfortunately, many people find their smile and self-confidence dimming due to broken teeth.
Don’t worry if you have broken or missing teeth! Advanced dental technologies have resulted in many amazing dental inventions, including tooth replacement solutions, with the best and most long-lasting ones being dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
An implant is a small metal post made of titanium, a biocompatible material. The implant is surgically placed in the part of your jawbone where your tooth is missing. It takes a few weeks or months for the implant to fuse with your bone through a process known as osseointegration. This process helps form a stable and secure foundation for a crown, bridge, denture, or another type of fabricated tooth.
The implant is eventually topped off with an artificial tooth fabricated with porcelain that is color-matched with your natural teeth, allowing it to seamlessly blend in by looking, feeling, and acting like a real tooth.
Dental Implant Care
Once you get your implants, you’re bound to worry about how you’re going to care for them. Luckily, implant care is very simple and easy. Since implants become a permanent part of your mouth. You care for them just like your natural teeth, keeping them clean to prevent destructive plaque and bacteria from causing infection in the tissues.
While a dental hygienist can help keep your implants clean, as an implant recipient, you play a vital role in the success of your implant. That said, here are a few ways to care for your dental implants at home.
You need to brush your implants just as you brush your teeth, with the only difference being a change in your toothbrush. Keep your implants clean using a nylon toothbrush with soft and gentle bristles. It is important to avoid hard toothbrushes as they can scratch the surface of your implants.
Flossing and brushing go hand-in-hand, a concept that many people are unaware of. Although flossing is generally essential, it becomes even more important once you get dental implants. A major reason behind this is to avoid the accumulation of plaque around your implants, which can lead to further oral hygiene concerns.
Avoid Strong and Abrasive Products
Whether it is a mouthwash or toothpaste, you’ll want to refrain from buying strong products and stick to sensitive ones instead.
Using abrasive products can cause serious discomfort, especially if your implants are new. Iit is also preferable to avoid using oral hygiene products with intense flavors.
Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods
Eating hard and sticky foods can damage your implants, especially if you’ve only gotten them recently. It’s best to avoid foods such as caramel, candies, carrots, steak, and apples, at least for a while after getting your implants.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and alcohol are generally injurious to your health. However, it’s particularly critical to avoid these substances after getting dental implants. Implants take approximately six months to heal, during which you should steer entirely clear of these substances, as they slow the healing process.
Regular Dental Visits
Dental implants help improve your smile but aren’t a cure for all dental issues. Generally, it is vital to visit us at least twice a year, but once you get implants, it becomes even more important.
If you have any questions about dental implants, we’re here for you! At Frank W. Sallustio DDS, MS, FACP, we’re determined to improve our clients’ teeth so that they smile brighter and wider. For more information, questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (623) 738-2639.